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Information Studies MRes

This MRes is aimed at those wishing to broaden or deepen understanding of aspects of the information world at postgraduate level, or to prepare for doctoral studies. It is also aimed at mid-career information and cultural professionals who wish to develop their leadership, management and professional skills.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Scholarship applicants
Close: 13 December 2019
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£5,555 (FT)
£2,785 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,580 (FT)
£10,860 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A first professional qualification and several years' relevant work experience is desirable.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

This is a flexible programme of study combining information disciplines, information technology, leadership, management and professional skills. The programme is tailored to individual needs, closely related to students' current or future employment or research goals. Through research skills classes and a substantial research project, students develop skills for further study and career development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (120 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Information Studies.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • There are no core modules for this programme.

Optional modules

Students select in conjunction with their Director of Studies, four modules from the range of postgraduate programmes offered by the Department of Information Studies. Typically, the selection is made across the following areas:

  • Management of Services, Resources or Systems
  • Information and Communication Systems and Technologies
  • Adult Learning and Professional Development
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Digital Humanities
  • Information Services for Specialist Media or Users
  • Information Sources, Organisation and Retrieval
  • Publishing
  • Cultural Heritage

The full range of postgraduate modules is available on the UCL Information Studies website. On occasion it may be  appropriate for students to take modules offered by another UCL department also.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in an applied or theoretical area of information work, which culminates in a dissertation of 25,000 words.

Teaching and learning

Taught modules are delivered through lectures, seminars, groupwork and practicals. Research skills are developed through classes within the department and students are encouraged to take courses run by UCL Doctoral School. Assessment is through a mixture of essays, reports, examination and practical assignments and by the dissertation and viva voce.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Funding may be available for this programme including: Arts & Humanities Faculty Awards, UCL Scholarships for UK/EU & Overseas Students and British Council Scholarships.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme provides an ideal foundation for further doctoral research, as a preparation for an MPhil or PhD, and enables career development of information professionals into senior and managerial roles.

Places of employment or further study of recent students include:

  • The National Archives
  • National Library of Portugal
  • University of Botswana
  • UCL.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Information Studies is unique in the UK with programmes spanning archives, records management, information science, digital humanities and publishing. Students have unparalleled opportunities for cross-domain engagement and the opportunity to work with other departments at UCL.

Students benefit from UCL's central London location, and many premier information and cultural institutions are within easy reach. Staff are experts in their field and closely involved with the professional bodies and companies, supporting students in building contacts and widening experience.

Department: Information Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The MRes will appeal to students wishing to extend knowledge of an information discipline or to prepare for doctoral studies.

It is of value to mid-career practitioners, with experience in archives, records, library, publishing, museum or other cultural or information services, who are aiming to develop professional knowledge, extend their international experience, or to pursue research relevant to their employment.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020
Scholarship applicants
13 December 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • which taught modules interest you
  • what area of research you would like to pursue for your project
  • how your academic or professional background meets the demands of of this programme
  • how you can see this degree contributing academically or professionally to your future career
  • how you would seek to take advantage of studying at UCL and in London.

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